Inside the Etihad Stadium South Stand Expansion: Exclusive images
Take a look at the inside of the new South Stand expansion at the Etihad Stadium
As part of the new MCFC home shirt launch that I went on, the group was given a behind the scenes tour of the building work inside the Etihad stadium South Stand expansion. Here are the photos I took together with some of the info the Project Managers told us.
The seats are still going in!
The seats to the rear of the tier are still going in. The roof has taken longer than planned to put in due to higher than average days lost due to wind. On average the crane operators expected to lose 1 day per week due to wind but this project they’ve lost 2! The roof of the new stand is much more rigid than the old roof. This is a design feature to try to bounce the sound back making the ground noisier – it’s now up to you to sing!
Where the old stand ended
This photo of the floor of the new “Legends” area shows how far the back of the stand has gone outwards. The line on the floor is the exterior of the existing stand. (Don’t worry the floor will be sealed!).
The view from the top
What a view! You’ll get a great understanding of how play is developing from the seats in the top tier. The 3rd tier feels part of the stadium rather than an add on like other grounds.
The metal gantry at the top this photo is part of a new flood lighting system for the stadium. These gantries have also been installed in the Colin Bell and East Stands.
Stairway to heaven!
The stairways are going in up to the third tier. There will be meshing at the rear to prevent all weather (except driving rain), whilst allowing natural daylight into the stairwells.
The new three rows of pitch-side seats are going in. The East and North stands are virtually all in. The Colin Bell stand seats are targeted to go in before Christmas but the project manager is trying to get them in before the start of the season! They were laying the concrete when we were there.
Windows to provide natural light
Large parts of the inside of the stand have windows overlooking Ashton New Road. The windows make the stand feel much bigger and makes a change from the concrete concourses we’re used to at modern grounds.
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The new Legends restaurant
I tried to get a bit “arty” with this photo as the design features in the new restaurant made it feel appropriate.With windows on both sides and being an open space makes it feel huge.
The pitch-side windows will have to be covered during the game, as you are not allowed to consume alcohol in view of the pitch. However during the game you’ve got padded seats on level 2 to sit in!
A work in progress
The seats in the bottom tier had to be taken out to allow vehicle access, whilst the seats in the middle tier have been taken out to be replaced by padded seats for the new Legends lounge.
A great view without the GingerWig in the way!
The steelwork at the top is part of the original roof. This goes all the way around the stadium forming a ring that keeps the roofs of the other stand up and therefore had to stay in place!
Hope you’ve enjoyed this insight in to the new areas of the stand. The project manager insists the Etihad Stadium South Stand expansion will be ready for the Chelsea game.
Roll on August!
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